At The Federalist, Mark Hemingway breaks down how his analysis of the Mueller reports proves that CNN cannot do math. He writes:
If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the Internet age, it’s that journalists make a lot of mistakes. (Believe me, I’ve made my share of boneheaded ones.) But there are a few areas where journalistic ignorance really seems to persist, and basic math is one of them
How many articles have you read where there are lots of numbers flying around and you have no idea how the author extrapolated them? It’s always a good thing to keep in mind as you digest the news that there’s a good possibility what you’re reading is in error in some significant way. Yet few people bother to do much beyond passively take in information.
One positive thing to come out of the Trump era is that another media critic, whom I am related to by marriage, has noted that we might be seeing the end of Gell-Mann Amnesia. When entire news operations dedicate themselves over a period of years to trying to undo an election result they campaigned against and never saw coming, it’s pretty hard to look at the news the same way again. You realize that their reporting doesn’t add up—sometimes quite literally.
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